(Photo: Courtesy of Richard Termine)

Sesame Street got its start at the height of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, in answer to a simple but powerful question: could television help prepare less advantaged children for school? In 1969, the show’s founders tapped researchers, entertainers, and other visionaries to create a “street” like no other, where colorful monsters, humans, and even grouches lived side by side.

Now, celebrate with a star-studded prime-time special that offers a sweeping look at 50 years on the Street!

Hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration reimagines classic segments and songs like “People in Your Neighborhood” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green” as the Sesame Street gang gets ready for a big celebration.

When to Watch

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration airs on CPTV on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7 p.m., following In Their Own Words: Jim Henson, starting at 6 p.m.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration also airs on CPTV PBS KIDS 24/7 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.

More About the Program

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration includes cameos from rarely seen characters like Roosevelt Franklin and Kermit the Frog, and visits from celebrity guests Whoopi Goldberg, Patti LaBelle, Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Sterling K. Brown, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers, and Itzhak Perlman.

Nearly every human cast member returns, too: Bob McGrath (Bob), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Emilio Delgado (Luis), Loretta Long (Susan), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Linda Bove (Linda), Alison Bartlett (Gina), Nitya Vidyasagar (Leela), and Olamide Faison (Miles).

Legendary puppeteers Fran Brill and Caroll Spinney and current cast members Alan Muraoka (Alan), Suki Lopez (Nina), and Chris Lawrence Knowings (Chris) also appear in the special.

Sesame Street on CPTV

Sesame Street airs on CPTV weekdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. It also airs on CPTV PBS KIDS 24/7 daily at 10 a.m. and weekdays at 2 p.m. Stay tuned for more information on when the series’ 50th season will premiere on CPTV!